Reason #12: Jesus Rose From The Dead To (Re)Validate The Body
Already in the first chapter of the Bible we get a ringing affirmation of this creation--including humans an all physical reality. We read at end of the Genesis chapter 1:
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).
This world is good. This creation is good. Humans beings were created good. Our bodies were created good.
This is the first message the Bible gives us and it is a life-affirming and liberating message for us who live on planet Earth.
And that Jesus took on a human body and died in the flesh and rose bodily all (re) affirm the dignity of humanity and the human body.
This biblical perspective is in stark contrast to the message the church has sometimes given people of the year (whether directly or indirectly): the soul is all important and the body is just a shell OR the spiritual is really important and the physical is less important.
Jesus rising bodily from the dead is a ringing and reaffirming clarion call: "It is very good!"
And in the light of the Resurrection's ringing (re)affirmation we wait for the full liberation our bodies and this whole creation.
Come Lord Jesus!